Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 2

We’re back with part II of of my Petersen Museum X Super Street Meet coverage! Please see here for my prior coverage.

DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers…. try finding these nowadays.  I would hate to lose a center cap.


Dat JDM parking sensor.


A GTR with a bunch of overtake parts on it.  For those who don’t know Overtake is an in house brand by bulletproof automotive, some of their parts are made by companies such as Power House Amuse, makes sense since they are the official US Powerhouse Amuse distributor.


R33 GTR owned by Kinganytime of Hoonigan fame? Not sure if he’s a part of them anymore.


Red Cressida also featured on Hoonigan


Evo IX from DTM autobody rocking the full Voltex kit.


Love when other makes rock ASM parts.  This is very common in Japan since ASM is the Recaro dealer and outfits many of their seats into cars, i.e Porsche 911.


DanOften’s Ap1 with voltex bumper, spoon hood, and craftsquare mirrors.


Pretty serious seat setup.  Hopefully this car actually sees track time.


First gen civic with a Honda motorcycle engine.


Not sure what motorcycle this is from, I’m sure I would of found out if I read the paper above…


The wheels look like Watanabes, could be wrong…..


CHP rollin by making sure everyone is staying CARB legal.


Super Clean Civic VTi.  The  EG Civic VTi is kinda of like the SIR model but for the UK market, it comes with a B16a.  It doesn’t have the white SIR cluster, but does have red gauge needles, and a tach that goes to 8k and reads in miles.  No idea why I didn’t take more pictures but I thought it was pretty cool… Makes sense to import cars from the UK since cars are being exported from Japan at an alarming rate.


My friend Alvin was drooling over this AW11 MR2.


We decided to go downstairs into the Petersen museum since the meet was pretty small…. Out in the parking area they had this E30 M3 on display.


Inside the Petsersen Museum, out front and center, they had this Porsche 911 993 GT1 Race car on display.


Forshadowing the Porsche exhibit in the museum.


Amazing rear end, the exhaust setup looks insane.


I really like the overall shape of this car, it is very elegant.


They also had Iconic vintage Japanese sports cars out front as part of their Japanese car exhibit.  Super Rad Honda S800, grandfather to the almighty S2000.


A Subaru 360… kinda like a jdm volkswagen beetle knock off.  To the left of the Subaru is a Toyota Sports 800, which also rocks a boxer engine.  You could say this is the grandfather to the current GT86.


Finally some more S2k content, and a very historic one in fact.  Most people remember Suki’s VeilSide S2000 from 2 Fast 2 Furious….  Did you know she is Steve Aoki’s sister?  And their father is the founder of benihana….. now you knowwwwww.  I can’t remember the last time anyone mentioned ROJA wheels… throwback.


Interior is pretty standard, mostly reupholstered and the addition of gauges in the center.


The Time Machine Delorean from Back to The Future.


One of a kind Toyota 2000GT Convertible custom made for Sean Connery in the film You Only Live Twice because he was too tall….


I saw a few of these at the old Toyota Museum, which is long gone now.


Mazda FD RX7 prototype.


Mclaren 720S entirely made out of Legos.


Jaguar XJ220


Kenmeri Skyline


Famous Super Street ex-editor JDMWong’s EF Civic painted Suzuka Blue with a Rocket Bunny Kit…. funny how those two are not things I like in my book, but work soooo good here.


SSR SuperFins.


Close up shot of the superfins.


Incredibly rare Mugen Exhaust for the EF.


Dragcartel K series engine up on display.


With a mean looking header.


A Titan Motorsports Supra.  Titan motorsports is a shop famously known for tuning Supras.


Classic and new Ford GT.


Period looking Nissan Race car.  Reminds me of speed racer.


Amazing how minimalistic this car is.


Period correct zip ties holding everything together.


Mazda Cosmos.


Another Toyota 2000gt, this one more original.

Afterwards we went downstairs to check out the Porsche exhibit…. I don’t know my Porsches too well, so excuse my lack of knowledge.  This looks like a Porsche 911 930.


Yep, the 930 is a turbo…


I haven’t seen too many of these Porsche Carrera GTs in person up close.  This front bumper is where ASM found the inspiration for their bumper design.  You can see it right?


ASM may of found inspiration from the fenders too.


To my surprise, the interior looks very dated for a car of this prestige, typical early 2000s look…. You can’t see it, but something on the door card was coming apart on the passenger side.


Never a fan of tan interiors…


Porsche 911 Targa.


Porsche 356 speedster.


A more modern Porsche….


This car is the famous Rothmans Paris – Dakar Porsche 959.  I believe the dirt is original too… This must be worth a cool million dollars+.


Slantnose 911.


This car was double roped off, if that means anything.

I am going to end off this post with this Zenki 240sx on CP Hart-R wheels, I walked back into the show and took one shot and left….

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Life: Petersen Museum Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet 2018 Part 1

A month ago I went with some friends to check out the Petersen Japanese Cruise in / Super Street Meet in west LA. The last time I went was 2 years ago and the complex was packed with crazy cars, check my previous post here. This time unfortunately, there was a noticeable decline in attendance compared to 2 years ago, along with the quality of cars. My theory is that the first 2 years they did not charge a fee for showing a car, while this year they did, in addition when I went the first year, they provided free validation of parking, while this year I paid the full price of parking, I think this deterred a lot of people from coming.

I am still trying to figure out if I will go next year, I am currently more inclined not to go, due to what I saw this year.


The day started cool, but man it was getting hot and one hour in I was sweating hard.

Top Rank Importers had a strong showing, there was a large representation of RHD JDM vehicles showcasing what they have to offer.  With the 25+ year rule and all sorts of vehicles are now eligible to be imported to the USA, fly by night importing companies have popped up everywhere.  I’ve heard stories of people essentially exporting a crushed up JDM salvaged title car, only to be repainted and resold in the USA….. make sure you do your research….  tangent over.


Not many S2ks in attendance at this meet.  For whatever reason, I find myself attracted to these oddball cars.  For example, this mid 90s Toyota Camera on Volk Te37 SL.


I’m not a huge wheel guy, but I hope these are authentic.  If they are authentic, then this guy gets points for buying wheels that cost five times the price of the car.  Seriously, you can buy four 1995 Toyota Camrys for the price of one set of Volk Te37 SL.


Panda Toyota Supra on Volk TE37.


Rad to see a time attack Supra, I’m just going off of the banner though.


Another interesting car that caught my eye.  This late 90s early 2000s Toyota Corolla.  If you’re like me and grew up Asian in the 90s/early 2000s, EVERYONE had this car.  Your uncle, your friend, your teacher…. you had to have known someone that drove this car.  The Volk TE37 SL wheels caught my eye with this Corolla.


Inviting me to take a look closer to the engine bay.  I believe this is the XRS version, which offered the 2ZZ engine, the same engine that came in the Celica GTS of the same era.  Pretty cool, because you don’t see many of these around.  Toyota was doing really crazy shit during this period, I remember the first Scion TC had a supercharger option you could of got from the factory.  Nuts right?


I do like that TRD strut bar, something about TRD strut bars always look so beefy and functional, I dream of getting TRD chassis bars for my Lexus LS430 and IS300.  Man Toyota was really doing something during this time period, even my personal cars are Toyotas from this era.


The interior had these TRD Sport seats that I am sure are incredibly rare.  TRD generally have a very limited run when they release parts.  It’s not like Mugen that in comparison have a much longer window, for example the Mugen intake for the S2k is still available brand new and the S2k was discontinued almost 10 years ago!


This Nissan Skyline R32 GTR had it’s hood opened and something immediately caught my attention.


This Nismo RB26DETT NISMO FINE SPEC FINAL EDITION badge certifies this RB26Dett is a Nismo crate engine assembled at their fabled Omori Factory.  A quick google search shows this Long block is over $13k USD for the long block itself and limited to only 200 units.  As a Honda guy, I am jealous of the in house factory support Nismo gives their cars.  I mean how rad would it be to see a Final Spec Mugen F20/f22c…. one can only dream.


The special Nismo engine is paired with a Nismo Intake manifold and typical jdm goodies, a la HKS and Cusco.


For the wheels, this R32 GTR Skyline had huge Endless calipers and Volk ZE40 in bronze.


The Nissan Skyline showing was strong this day.  It was the most common car out there.


Hakosuka GTX.  Another car on my dream car list.


Period car next to some period correct old men.


Once again another Nissan R32 Skyline GTR.  I love the Castrol livery on this car, a throwback to the Group A days.


Frontal of the Castrol livery R32 Skyline.


NSX on Volk TE37

With Recaro SR3 seats.


Of course this is S2kandTheAnt, you need some S2k coverage!  This is the Super Street project Ap1 S2000 they built within a week.  It features the prototype of the new Greddy Turbo Kit Gen 2 with a more modern Garrett GTX turbo, improved exhaust manifold, more power, and still smog legal!  I never really understood the plight of California residents until I became one, having a smog legal upgrade really saves you some headaches.


I previously shot some photos of this kit at Eibach this year.


This project features the new Seibon dry carbon trunk…… which is typically seibon quality.  I mean look at that gap between the tail light and the trunk!  This most definitely is not ASM quality.


The Super Street project ap1 setting on Konig wheels.


Levin with some carbs.


Ending off the post with this DA Integra with Speed Star Racing by SSR EX-C aero covers in super mint condition.  This is a great period correct build! See you guys later for part II.

Life: I showed up to the wrong party….

I’m a pretty unorganized person , for example, one time I booked a flight for the wrong week 3 months ahead and didn’t find out until I showed up to the airport and realized I was flying out 3 weeks later…… I don’t know how or why, but I thought the Petersen Japanese Car meetup was a week earlier than when it actually was.

Since I thought the meet was a week earlier than when it actually was, I washed my car a day and week too early….. I took a picture of my car fresh out of the car wash, I don’t go too crazy detailing, I usually take it to a DIY coin carwash place and spray down my car and dry with micro fiber towels, Costco micro fiber towels, only the best.  What you can’t really see is the crazy amount of scratches I have underneath my bumper for scraping the hell out of it all over LA……I can’t image what my subframe looks like, I’m sure it’s beat to death now since I’ve been force to daily the car recently…
I meet up with my buddy Alvin and gave him this Spoon Reservoir cover I got from Japan.  Honestly it looks a bit cheesy, something about that S in the spoon font…..  This  Evening he just got back from his first track day so he was super stoked.
The Car wash was Saturday night.  Sunday rolled around, I woke up fucking early, picked up Alvin, and off to what I thought was gonna be a JDM car meet.  Something was definitely going on at the Petersen since we got passed by a few cars on the road heading to the museum parking structure.  I thought it was funny that the cars that passed us were non-Japanese cars like this Mustang……This mustang was actually in front of us getting into the parking structure and was driven by Automotive Designer, Henrik Fisker, ex-ceo of Fisker Automotive.  This Mustang is a special edition designed by Fisker himself, I personally think it’s god awful ugly…..You can definitely bet after the show, I was waiting for this car to drive off and crash into something like most mustangs leaving car meets.

The meet is called the Petersen Breakfast cruise-in….. It is open to all makes and models. The Petersen provides free Coffee and Bagels to everyone that attends.  There was a good representation of Porsche air-cooled goodness.

Alvin thought the color on this car was rad, he told me it reminds him of butter.
C7 Corvette.

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Some dude showed up in a bikini top Miata, of course I didn’t get a picture of it.  The miata rocks a Maruha Timing cover, and a Kraftwerks SuperCharger.  He told me it puts down 240whp.  He tracks his car often and said his Tein EDFC active suspension system really helps rough tracks since the suspension auto adjusts itself to the condition while he is driving…. Suspension has sure come a long way.
Ferrari Testarossa goodness.
This Red and Black Ferrari Testarossa combo was pretty awesome.

Aston Martin DB7, these cars have aged well, it is still a stunner.
And where there is a Aston Martin DB7 there must be a Aston Martin DB8 near by!
I love how the weave of the carbon fiber meets in the middle.

I was not too sure what this was, I’m assuming it is some sort of rebodied Porsche…..
That is what gave me that clue.  I’m sure someone can chime in and let me know what this is.

Lotus 7, Caterham, Kit car, one of the above…..My Friend Chris with the Lotus runs the same Toyo R888 on his car in what looks like the same width….I wonder if it’s a Lotus thing.

A Lamborghini Diablo VT showed up like a boss.  Check out those exhaust pipes!
Another car that showed up like a boss was this Toyota Starlet.  I got a soft spot for well done starlets.  Even dudes in Ferraris were breaking their necks staring at this car.
Especially when they are rocking a 4AG that is carbed!
Clean Datsuns 240Z like this car are getting harder and harder to find.
All different types of cars showed up.

There was a whole crew of BMW Z8s that showed up.  Seeing one BMW Z8 is a treat in the wild, but seeing a whole row of them in different colors was something else. There was probably 9+ BMW Z8 in attendance.
The reason for the large BMW Z8 turnout is because Henrik Fisker was in attendance, who also designed this car….All the owners got their cars signed.
Like this particular BMW Z8 that is an extremely rare Alpina version.
I’m liking that Silver on Red!  Reminds me of a certain S2k 🙂

That guy with a grey cap is actually famous Youtubber Alejandro Salomon, aka Salomondrin. He’s an enthusists that drives and owns more than his fare share of exotic cars.

Like this Dodge Viper ACR!

I was really feeling the colors on this Ferrari, the blue calipers really stick out on this grey car and the HRE wheels really make it pop.

I’m a sucker for Red interiors, especially on white cars.  This Mercedes Benz 250SE is a proper cruiser.
Voltex wings on Nissan GTRs, so right.

The interior of the Diablo VT is fresh as hell…..

I feel like I’m getting jaded living in SoCal.  2 hellcats, a BMW M5, and a Mercedes Benz GT roll in and I wasn’t even excited……..

The event is only a few hours long, so people started rolling out…….

After the morning meet, we hung out at our friend Chris’s house.  He was assisting me correcting some fitment issues I had with my Ap2 taillights I installed years ago that was bothering me…..It is better now, but I feel like I need to find a better solution to make it even more flush.  Chris is a Mechanical Engineer by trade and he makes his old Custom wings for the S2000.  They are extremely secure and actually engineered and tested, unlike other brands…..*ahem battle aero*…… Check it out here

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He also helped me put on my H Badge sticker I bought from Japan. It covers the holes in the trunk left by my old emblem. I’m really bad at putting on stickers, I always end up getting air bubbles in them one way or another. I think it looks great, very Porsche GT3RS-esque.

Life: Petersen Automotive Museum

I had the opportunity to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown LA a few weeks ago. I’ve been wanting to go here for awhile now, once I got word that they had a Mclaren f1 on display, I knew I had to go! I started the day by stopping by Tatsu No Ya 龍の家 in Pasadena, a Ramen shop that just opened up, it opened up 1 week prior to us stopping by.

We got there there 30min before they opened and were 5th in line.
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This is the first location they opened up outside of Japan!

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They flew in the staff from Japan….Full review on the food blog soon at BunnyandPorkbelly.com

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After Brunch we made a B line straight to the Petersen Automotive Museum…

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Immediately we were greeted by this Bugatti Veyron

The Petersen has such a variety of cars, I’ve never seen an automotive museum like this before… the one in Boston only had like 12 cars…

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I didn’t take pictures of every cars, but only the ones that caught my eyes. This Batmobile is pretty badass.

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Steve McQueen’s Jaguar…Them lines…just timeless

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Super High Quality cars here, like this Pantera built by the Ring Brothers.

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Love looking at the little details like the Carbon Fiber Front Vent

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They had the Brand New Ford GT on display

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Rear shot

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I like the details on the mirror

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I like how newer cars are finding ways to implement Carbon Fiber so subtly not so in your face

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This rear flying buttress is stunning.

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Across from the New Ford GT is the Old Ford GT40 Mark II

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I’ve never seen an authentic version up close before

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I love looking at velocity stacks since I used to have ITBS on my S2k years ago.

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I stepped into a room with ludicrously expensive Silver cars… There has got to be over 30 million dollars in this room….
Some crazy expensive Mercedes Race car

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Crazy Expensive Ferrari I’m not too familiar with these so I won’t go into detail….

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What I came here for…. Mclaren F1!

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Along with the Ferrari F40, this is one of my dream cars….. Seeing how these are going up in price and I didn’t win the lottery, these are getting further and further out of my reach. I think these were 10million dollars last time I checked

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This is the ultimate expression in an analogue driver’s car. I like the Center Lock Nut Wheels. I believe these cars came with a crazy torque wrench for this nut.

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The rear looks so right. I want to say these came with a titanium exhaust, I love the JDM burnt tips haha.

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You can see some of the gold foil peaking through that covers the engine bay.

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A Glimpse of the BMW V12 with ITBs with a Carbon Plenum, just my kind of style

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James Bond would be proud of this mint Aston

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They don’t make interiors like this anymore.

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The Mclaren Can AM race car.

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Of Course Velocity Stacks! Can’t get enough of Velocity Stacks!

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More Velocity stack madness from this Ford Engine

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I love perfectly plummed AN lines.

I went into another hall, I believe these were mostly LeMans Race Cars…with some other race cars from other series. I don’t know too much about these nor will I pretend I do. I’ll just post the pictures.

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I do know this classic Martini Livery

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and Gulf Livery

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The last room I really looked at contained some BMW art cars

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That Concludes my trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Hope you all enjoyed it. The museum offers such a vast variety of cars, from old American cars, to vintage ferrari, even the bulletproof Sema show car (Not Pictured) and Ken Block’s Gymkana car (also not pictured), this place seems to have it all! I only took pictures of a small portion of what this museum has to offer. An honorable mention not pictured is the Forza Room, where you compete in Forza with the full wheel and seat setup and they record the fastest lap times. The Petersen was definitely worth the price of admission. I will leave you off with this shot of the rolls royce lady… Sorry for the lack of S2k content in this post. Hopefully a clean S2k will be featured in this museum soon(they did feature the pink S2k from 2 Fast 2 Furious)!

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